TORONTO – To Rita DeMontis, thoughts of Greece remind of its ancient history, from philosophers to goddesses, but also those deep blue waters, blinding sun and heat – but mostly its flavors.
Writing for The Toronto Sun, she said family and friends who visited Greece said it was one of the greatest trips of their lives and – like just about everyone else – found the food the greatest they’d ever had.
“All roads may lead to Rome, but any Mediterranean dish leads back to Greece,” she said in a tribute the Greek Tourism Ministry could jump on.
She noted what award-winning celebrity chef Christine Cushing – of Greek origin – said about Greek cuisine, that it’s “rooted in ancient Greek wisdom, uses an array of seasonal produce, an abundance of fresh herbs, and has been influenced by many years of foreign rule, most notably Venetian and Ottoman.”
Cushing was in Greece and said
“We come every year,” she writes in an email, adding that the flavors of Greek dishes “are filled with spices, olive oil, herbs and citrus fruits … they are all so comforting, it’s impossible to choose just one.” The essence of Greece.